Scarce and unusually early 3.5 x 5.5-inch sepia-tone postcard portrait, boldly signed in heavy pencil with his full name, Szoke Szakal, in Vienna, Austria in 1931. In very fine condition. A leading man in German silents until World War II, Szoke "S.Z." Sakall fled the Third Reich and found new work in the States as a character actor, playing scores of lovable, if somewhat excitable and befuddled uncles, businessmen and local eccentrics. Among his credits were supporting roles in Ball of Fire (1941), Casablanca (1942), Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942), The Dolly Sisters (1945), and In the Good Old Summertime (1949).